Tongan king much-loved leader
19 March 2012
Tongan king much-loved
Labour Leader David Shearer has today
expressed his sympathy and sincere condolences to the royal
family and people of Tonga on the sad occasion of the
passing of King George Tupou V.
“Our thoughts are
with the thousands of Tongans living in New Zealand and the
Tongan people themselves who loved their king,” David
“Communities across the Pacific had
a close affinity with the royal family of Tonga.
“King George Tupou V will be remembered for
voluntarily relinquishing most of his powers three days
before his coronation on 1 August 2008 in order to meet the
democratic aspirations of his people.
was an active supporter of change. He was known for his
colourful style and charming personality.
held in high esteem across the Pacific. He worked tirelessly
to continue the close relationship between New Zealand and
“I am sure many will share in Tonga’s
grief on this sad day,” David Shearer said.
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